Slamdance honors ARRAY’s Tilane Jones with 2021 Founders’ Award – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Tilane Jones, president of inclusive film collective ARRAY, was honored with the Slamdance Founders Award on Saturday in a virtual presentation. The award is Slamdance’s highest honor and Jones is the fifth recipient to receive the award. Previous winners include Chris Nolan, the Russo Brothers and Steven Soderbergh.

The Founders Award is given to an individual who supports the Slamdance community of filmmakers throughout their career.

“Tilane has helped our artist community to grow by recognizing talent, launching and supporting careers,” said Peter Baxter, President and Co-Founder of Slamdance. “We recognize that she has worked tirelessly, with great dedication to nurture emerging artists who are becoming the next generation of filmmakers. We would like to thank Tilane and his company ARRAY for their continued support to these artists, their inspiration and their belonging to the Slamdance community. For these reasons, we are honored to present Tilane Jones with the Slamdance Founders Award. “

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Slamdance runs until February 25 and will be the most accessible festival ever, with all movies, Q&A and panels available on Slamdance.com and other digital platforms. The 27th edition of the festival includes 25 feature films as well as 107 short and episodic films. The festival also includes a new program called “Unstoppable”, a showcase for disabled creators.

Jones joined Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY when it launched in 2010 to help amplify films of people of color and women. She was appointed president in August last year and heads the Array Alliance, the nonprofit dedicated to social impact and education. She also runs The Array Creative Campus, a three-building complex for public production and programming, focused on marginalized filmmakers. Jones oversees Array Releasing, the company’s film distribution division, where she was responsible for acquiring, reserving and marketing the collective’s diverse range of more than 25 features, including Merata, Kojo’s funeral, Vaya and Roll with me. Their slate also includes Isabel Sandoval Lingua franca and Merawi Gerima Residue, which won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Slamdance Acting Award for Obinna Nwachukwu at last year’s Slamdance. Both films also received nominations for this year’s Independent Spirit Awards.

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